Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Martín & Meditations on the South Valley

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 06 Oct by Guest Blogger


When I picked up Jimmy Santiago Baca’s semi-autobiographical, two-volume “novel in verse” poetry collection Martín & Meditations on the South Valley, I knew little about the acclaimed poet’s backstory. I did not know, for example, that like his narrator, Martín, Baca was abandoned by his parents in early childhood, or that, unlike his narrator, Baca taught himself to read and write—and then to read and write poetry—in prison.

 

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